z.Lab – One Thousand Birds


Online immersive training on arts for childhood

z.Lab – One Thousand Birds is an online training in art for children that follows a vision of arts and education as a holistic process. It follows the belief that we have to benefit from the aesthetic experience ourselves in order to transmit it to the little ones. It’s inspired by a saying of Japanese traditional culture, that claims that a wish comes true when someone makes a thousand ‘orizuros’ while thinking about it.

Taking a birds’ world as the core theme in all of the training processes, it stresses the importance of listening — expanding it to all of the senses — and the importance of taking care of the environment and of people. Educators from Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark and Portugal instigate their own preschool communities to create paper birds following the origami technique ‘orizuros’.

The community is invited to send orizuros in for a collective installation, sharing a communal desire for peace and a harmonious world.

This project is part of the Erasmus+ project SenseSquared, a collaboration between Musica Impulse Centre (BE), Companhia de Música Teatral (PT), Marres, House for Contemporary Culture (NL), Sisters Hope (DK), Stavanger University (NO) and Maastricht University (NL).

For whom

Educators working in nursery schools from Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and Portugal.


Session 1: Wednesday 11 October 2023, 2:30-4:30 pm
Session 2: Wednesday 15 November 2023, 2:30-4:30 pm
Session 3: Wednesday 10 January 2024, 2:30-4:30 pm
Session 4: Monday 15 to Friday 19 and Monday 22 to Friday 26 January 2024, 9:00-10:15 am each time
Session 5: Wednesday 13 March 2024, 2:30-4:30 pm
Exhibition installation: date to be determined, Tabloo in Dessel, Belgium


Deadline: 15 September 2023


Sessions from Wednesday 11 October 2023 to Wednesday 13 March 2024




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